Addiction Treatment Blog

Down the Rabbit Hole: The Magic Anti-Addiction Pill

There’s a magic pill to cure certain kinds of addiction. Yes, you read that correctly. Researchers at The University of Texas in Austin successfully stopped cocaine and alcohol addiction in rats using a drug already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat high blood pressure. Led by Hitoshi Morikawa, associate professor…

Let’s Talk About Addiction and Chronic Pain

Over the years, I’ve met a great deal of women battling addiction. I learned more about their stories and discovered many began using to deal with their chronic pain. Whether it was an improperly healed injury from a car accident, a debilitating case of arthritis, or a complicated surgical procedure, these women suffered immensely for…

A Trusty 3-Item List to Boost Recovery Success

Confidence. It’s a common hurdle in recovery. To be more accurate, the obstacle is a lack of confidence. Previous decisions and past relationships often pile up in our mind and stomp down our self-worth. We become convinced we’re beyond hope. The negative self-talk builds into a mountain we think we can’t overcome. We start to…

Find Comfort in the Process of Keeping a Journal

Try this: Take a can of soda from the fridge. Open it. What happens? You have a cool, refreshing beverage to enjoy. Try this: Take a can of soda from the fridge. Drop it on the floor. Now open it. The experience is quite different from the first one, isn’t it? You’ll probably need to…

Do Psychiatrists Hold the Keys to Solving Our Opioid Epidemic?

With a full-blown opioid epidemic on our hands, you might think the level of pain across the nation would be decreasing, but it’s not. While the sales of prescription opioids in the U.S. quadrupled between 1999 and 2014, there hasn’t been a change in the amount of pain Americans report. What has changed? The number…

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